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Disposable hydrophilic antimicrobial laminated nonwoven bed sheet

Murat Onan (Uludag Exporters' Union, Bursa Textile and Confection Research and Development Center, Bursa, Turkey)
Gulay Ozcan (Textile Technology and Design Faculty, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Hakan Unal (Textile Technology and Design Faculty, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 9 August 2011




The purpose of this paper is to develop a unique disposable bed sheet design which reduces infection risk and other related problems from patient to patient and others during staying period at hospitals.


The unique disposable bed sheet consists of three layers which are laminated to each other by hot‐melt technique. Upper and lower layers are different weights of 100 per cent polypropylene produced by spunbond technology. Plasma technology has been used to make the surface of the spunbond polypropylene sheets hydrophilic. Additionally, thermal bond 100 per cent polypropylene sheets, which have hydrophilic surfaces already due to chemical finish have been also used as upper layer. As core layer, different weights of 100 per cent viscose sheets, which have high liquid‐absorption capacity have been used. All three layers have been laminated by hot‐melt technique using etylene vinyl acetate interlayers between them. Antimicrobial effect has been achieved by the impregnation of silver and antibiotic‐based chemicals onto the hydrophilic surface of upper layers. Quality control and performance tests of all these works have been performed according to ISO and BS norms.


It is possible to have very good liquid suction capacity together with superb comfort properties, thanks to its viscose intermediate sheet and excellent wetback values. Moreover, it is initially cheap, hygienic and has enough strength against breaking and tearing.

Research limitations/implications

Cheaper antimicrobial agents and different application amounts should be checked. Also, durability of the hydrophilicity given by plasma treatment has to be checked. Additionally, dermatological tests should be applied.

Practical implications

It is expected that the infection risk at hospitals will be reduced. Moreover, hospitals will be able to use hygienic bed sheets, which would be preferable to the hospital management. Additionally, this unique design can be used for patients at home or for injured animals in veterinary clinics.

Social implications

Additional staying period due to hospital infections and infections from patient to patient/hospital personnel/visitors/other people will be reduced. Moreover, it is expected that life quality will be raised and dead ratio will be decreased. Beside this, manpower loss and increasing costs due to hospital infections will be prevented.


Design is new and unique. It has practical and social implications.



Onan, M., Ozcan, G. and Unal, H. (2011), "Disposable hydrophilic antimicrobial laminated nonwoven bed sheet", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 222-231.



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